It’s International Cat Day (and also my Sphynx Cat’s birthday), so let’s dance!
If you would like to follow along with my dance journey, check out my blog at WelcomeToTheDance.com
In case you missed it, this week on YouTube, I uploaded a brief introduction to search engine optimization, and I also had some older files from this side-hustle blog that I edited together. I have found YouTube to be a fun challenge. I am still working through channeling my personality on camera despite my social anxieties, and experimenting with editing.
I have been connecting with so many new dance friends on YouTube, and will be sharing some curated links each week here on the blog for anyone who is looking for dance lessons on YouTube.
This week was an extra dancy one for me compared to most of my recent ones. We got to do a couple of partner training sessions this week. Thursday had us into a bit of swing, which I requested out of pure nostalgia. I’ve recently been thinking about the films I watched in…
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Hello, and happy dance day!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to swing dance, there is no better time than now! Our FREE YouTube lessons this week will get you energized and swinging into the weekend.
Single-Time Swing Basic
In this first video lesson, we break-down a single-time swing basic step with a partner. You will learn both leader and follower options for this east coast style swing dance! If you are brand new to swing dancing, this is a good one to start with!
West Coast Basics
If west coast style is your jam, check out these 3 West Coast Swing Basic Steps from West Coast Swing Online. In this video,you will learn The Sugar Push (or push break), The Side Pass (Left Side Pass and Right Side Pass), and the 8 count Basic Whip.
No Partner? No Problem
There are plenty of steps you can do to swing…
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The ad-target gods bestowed some dance activities onto me, and so I wanted to pay it forward. Check out these fun and intuitive activities for dancing with children from First 5 California. I don’t have children, but you can for sure catch me carry dancing my cat around the house on any given day.
Dancing with a toddler in your arms is an excellent way to get some exercise, build a stronger bond between the two of you, and teach your child about rhythm and music, as you dip and sway together. So get swinging to that beat!
What You’ll Need:
- Upbeat music – nursery rhymes, toddler songs, instrumental
Hold your child securely in your arms and start singing or playing the music. Exaggerate your dance moves with side-to-side sways and some surprising dips and turns. When the song or music ends, freeze in…
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Curating FREE Dance Lessons for you at WelcomeToTheDance.com!
Hello, and happy Friday!
We are going to begin sharing a curated collection of FREE Dance Lessons and Resources from myself and other great dancers on YouTube every week! All of these lessons are available for you to experience for FREE on YouTube.
This week we have three beginner ballroom dance lessons. If you are brand new to ballroom dancing, be sure to check out this post first.
American Style Rumba Combination
Join Dances With Nikki for a super simple and fun American Style Rumba solo combination! We are using a basic box step, a side basic step, and a pivot/spot turn.
How to Dance A Jive Basic
If you love exciting dances, Jive is for you. In this video, Ballroom World Alina demonstrates a basic step for jive dance for both leaders and followers.
Stretches for Ballroom Dancing
Dance Vision’s latest upload features Dr. Christine Yim, PT, OCS…
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My first experience teaching dance online was in 2007 when I first started teaching at A Global Rhythm Dance Studio in Southern California. These videos were part of launching a new beginner ballroom dance class series at the studio. In each of these videos, we teach a basic step, and then share information about an upcoming class in the studio. The goal was to take a value-added approach to our marketing by providing a free first step lesson to students, and then invite them into the studio to learn more.
The Recording Experience
Recording the videos took some planning. First we chose which step to teach, and which music to use for the demonstration. We did our recordings at night after closing, so there were no students around. In order to maintain a consistent shooting frame throughout the recording process, we marked the floor with tape. One mark for the…
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With physical dance studios shutting down, many individual dance instructors are exploring more freelance teaching options. Whether you are teaching via live-stream on social media, or through a video conference-calling service, investing in a personal website brings benefits for you and your students.
A Personal Dance Website Means More Control
Anyone can make a social media profile, but a website takes some planning. When you design your site, you have control over the layout of how your present yourself and your classes. Having this control helps you to communicate to your users exactly who you are, and your qualifications as a teacher.
Improved Communication With Your Students
There are many different types of dance businesses out there to be consumed, and while social media is a boon for reach, it can be difficult to be authentic in a static layout style or character limit. Posts about upcoming classes and other…
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Dancing is just as much of a mental sport as it is a physical one. It takes courage and confidence for anyone to attempt a step for the first time, and self-doubt is a common enemy for many. For myself, this doubt is usually coming from my feeling that my dancing might not fit in with professional expectations. One practice I use to combat this perpetual self-doubt is reflexivity.
In social science, reflexivity refers to a process of reexamination of norms. While there may be cultural norms in the dance world, we are all individual dancers. The benefit to incorporating regular reflection into your dance practice is that you can start to take control over the thoughts that may be holding you back from dancing confidently. When I am consistent with my reflecting practice, I find that I feel much more accepting of myself as a unique dancer, and also…
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